The Preparatory Course is an extensive preparatory programme preceding the Bachelor's degree programme in Art and Design. 

Is the Preparatory course right for me?

If you are 25 or younger, have obtained at least a HAVO or MBO-4 diploma, and you want to prepare for the Bachelor’s programme in Visual Arts and Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Preparatory course will be suitable for you.


What does the programme entail?

You will be taught 2D and 3D design and visual arts. Theory and drawing classes are a regular part of the course. You will also learn to independently reflect on your work.


What are the current measures against Covid-19 at the academy?

During the coronavirus pandemic, the entire academy is observing safety measures. As far as possible, physical classes are continuing at the academy, but safety is paramount. In case of a full lockdown, classes will be taught online.


How much time will  I spend on the course?

The course lasts 25 weeks, from September to April, with three or four half-days of lessons each week.

The 2020-2021 timetable is as follows:

Monday morning, 10 am – 1 pm drawing (x 10)

Monday evening, 6 – 9pm: design

Wednesday morning, 10 am – 1 pm: visual arts

Friday afternoon, 2 – 5 pm: A combined programme of theory, drawing, visiting exhibitions and a project.

In addition to the weekly schedule, you can register for short introductions at various workshops such as: wood, metal, computer, printing and typesetting.

We do not recommend taking other studies in addition to the Preparatory programme.


What are my options if I complete the Preparatory course?

There are 2 assessment moments: one just before or after the Christmas holidays, and the other in April. When you complete the April assessment with a satisfactory result, you will automatically be admitted to the Basicyear, the 1st academic year of the Bachelor’s programme. Everyone will receive a certificate in April.


What language are the lessons taught in?

Classes are in English, as about half of the participants come from abroad.


How do I register?

Registration for the Preparatory course 2021-2022 opens after mid-November. Download the digital form here.

Admissions rounds are scheduled for May and June 2021.


When do the admission rounds take place?

On Wednesday 26 May and Wednesday 23 June 2020.

If there are still course places available after the admission round in June, there will be an additional admission round in September. More information about this will follow in June on our website.

May 26, 2021 (mandatory round for non-EU/EEA candidates)

June 23, 2021 (only for EU/EEA candidates).


How does the admission interview work?

Candidates must submit their portfolio online this year. The Preparatory course is preceded by a selection process, normally by means of an admission interview with two tutors, on the basis of your own work and completed home assignments. Because of the measures to combat Covid-19, we ask candidates to complete an online questionnaire this year and upload their portfolio for assessment.

In addition to the detailed home assignments, the work you show can consist of sketches, doodles, photos, videos, spatial work. The more the better. Show us everything that tells us how you feel about coming to study with us.


When does the Preparatory course start?

The Preparatory course 2021 starts with an introduction on Wednesday 22 September.

Here you can meet the tutors and your classmates.

Classes begin on Friday September 24.


What is the course fee?

Course fee 2020 - 2021: €2088. 

PLEASE NOTE: the course fee must be transferred in one go (before the start of the course). It is not possible to pay in instalments. Participation in the Preparatory course does not entitle you to student finance.


What’s an example of an assignment from the Preparatory course?

In the Preparatory course, each assignment contains a problem that invites the participant to delve into questions to which they cannot provide predictable visual answers. This challenges the agility of the participant and gives the imagination a chance.

Examples of visual art exercises:

1. Make a bag that can be dangerous for a specific object or subject, for example for a person, for itself, for other bags, for...?

2. Make an audio tape for a space that is unknown to you. By recording, creating and editing different sounds, on the street, at home, the space starts to take shape. Then also make a drawing of that space made by sounds.